Dallas, TX – Violent Fourth of July in Dallas as six people are reportedly injured and three people are pronounced dead in two separate shooting incidents Sunday night.
According to Dallas Police Department, they received at least five shooting calls from 10:30 p.m. to midnight and multiple calls about illegal fireworks. Police department officials say this year’s holiday was one of the busiest in the last couple of years.
Towns Street Shooting
At around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a shooting in the 8200 block of Towns Street.
According to dispatch, five people were shot, three of them died. The shootings happened where a group was celebrating in Hamilton Park according to police.
Dixon Avenue Shooting
Police are still gathering information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Police were called to a shooting in the 3700 block of Dixon Ave. in Southeast Dallas at around 11:50 p.m.
According to police, there was a big crowd gathered at a park near the Larry Johnson Recreation Center where some people were shooting off fireworks.
Police said at some point gunshots rang out sending at least four shooting victims to the hospital. Some were taken by ambulance, some arrived at area hospitals on their own.
Police are still investigating.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Friday he expected officers to be busy over the holiday weekend. He deployed a special task force to tackle celebratory gunfire, drunk drivers, road rage, street racers and illegal fireworks calls.
Garcia said those patrols don’t end when Independence Day ends, he plans to have the increased presence this summer and will work with businesses and other groups to help reduce crime.